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Okay, I was just at the library and I was looking at Parents (or was it Parenting?) magazine. I find it interesting (and sometimes disturbing) what mainstream publications say. Anyway, there was a little section on Herbs Not To Take During Pregnancy. And Red Raspberry Leaf was listed as causing miscarriages and premature labor!<br><br>
Anyone hear of this? I always thought it was a good herb for pregnancy...
 

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that it was good for morning sickness, but it didn't work for me. the "natural parenting toolbox" that is here at MDC says this:<br><br>
Herbs that stimulate uterine contractions: birthwort, blue cohosh, cinchona, cotton root bark, ergot, goldenseal, gotu kila, Peruvian bark. Note that blue cohosh and black cohosh are safe to use later in pregnancy when it is desirable to stimulate contractions.<br><br>
Herbs that stimulate menstrual flow: agave, angelica, bethroot, black cohosh, chicory, feverfew, hyssop, horehound, lovage, milk thistle, motherwort, mugwort, nasturtium seed, osha, fresh parsley leaves*, pennyroyal, poke root, pulsatilla, rue, saffron, sumac berries, tansy, thuja (white cedar), watercress, wormwood, yarrow.<br><br>
Herbs which can stimulate or irritate the uterus: eucalyptus, barberry, blood root, broom, goldenseal, coffee, mandrake, tea, nutmeg, osha, yerba mansa, and the mint family members basil*, catnip, lemon balm, marjoram*, oregano, peppermint, pennyroyal, rosemary*, true sage*, and thyme*.<br><br>
Herbs that affect hormonal function: dong quai, , licorice, motherwort, wild yam.<br><br>
Harsh herbal laxatives: aloe, cascara sagrada, purging buckthorn, rhubarb, senna, and yellow dock (in large amounts).<br><br>
Strong herbal diuretics: juniper berries, uva ursi (bearberry).<br><br>
*Culinary herbs, used in normal small amounts for cooking, are perfectly safe.
 

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Everything I've come across and what I got from my midwife, says that RRL will only help along a miscarriage that was going to happen anyway. I'm drinkin a small amount in my tea now, and will increase it after 20 weeks... Just what I feel comfortable doing from the info I've gathered.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/notes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notes">: i have baby bliss m/s remedy and it has rrl in it so i havent taken it yet!
 

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RRL is not a uterine stimulant, however, I have seen a little research done on miscarriages and RRL tea (anyone have links?), and there appears to be a very very small correlation but! not enough to actually say it causes m/c. M/cs happen, and you could say peanut butter and jelly causes miscarriage if you wanted to enough.<br><br>
Still, I don't see a real NEED to drink it in the first trimester, so I don't. I'll start drinking a cup a day at 12 weeks and increase it to as much as I want in the 3rd tri.
 

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The advice I have read/gotten from several midwives is RRL can sometimes "stimulate" the uterus which is not something you necessarily want during early pregnancy. I will start it after 12 wk mark and until then the mw said nettles would be a good tea (lots of vitamins!).<br><br>
You should check out the RRL tribe over in the Tribal areas (I think?) bc not everyone agrees when to start RRL and there are plenty of women who start while TTC and use it straight through without any problems at all.
 

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That's what you get for reading <i>Parenting</i>! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
I have read contradictory informaton on RRL, too, so I only do it after the first trimester. In my first pregnancy (summertime) I made it into iced tea and drank several glasses a day in my second and third trimesters. I also had an enormous amount of Braxton-Hicks in that pregnancy- except in the two weeks that I was out of RRL tea. Hmmm. This resulted in a labor that was only 4.5 hours long, very nice. Needless to say, I will also be drinking RRL this time around.
 

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I am drinking an organic pregnancy tea right now that has RRL in it, I plan on drinking it thru my pregnancy and starting about week 20 I plan on drinking alot more RRL also. I've heard it's great to strengthen your uterus and get through labor
 

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Okay. So maybe I'll wait to drink any RRL tea until later in the pregnancy. I'm sure I drank some last time (but it was later in the pregnancy). I have no urge to drink it now anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I hate the tea so I'm doing capsules this time. There's a story behind that. My mother loves to read books and get on kicks about whatever she's just read. Well I guess she'd just been reading about RRL and how it's an excellent tonic, pg or not. I guess I had eaten something bad and had a pretty bad case of food poisoning and while my stomach and intestines were cramping up (and wouldn't stop) I asked her for some peppermint or chamomile tea. She, of course, decided to do what SHE thought best and brought me a steaming cup of RRL. I was so mad (mainly because I was in a lot of pain and the RRL made it worse). I guess I've had a little bit of an emotional grudge against RRL tea ever since.<br><br>
It's supposed to help with m/s. Lots of herbalists say there are no indications to not take it through the entire pg. I'm waiting a bit longer to take any more because it didn't really help with my m/s (which got better for a bit but has gotten a little worse with the humidity and associated smells).<br><br>
My midwife recommmends dandelion root for queasiness and milk thistle tincture for vomitting. Both help support the liver (which can easily be overwhelmed by having to process pregnancy hormones). I never really got a chance to clean out my, shall we say, "college" liver before I got pg either time and didn't want to do it while bfing. So, it makes sense that my liver is probably a little more that overworked right now.<br>
I'll let you all know if it worked.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I trust Susun Weed, who recommends it as the #1 pregnancy tonic, to use before, during, and after <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.<br><br>
I'm drinking one cup of nettle / RRL infusion (half and half) every day; plan to ramp it up later in the pregnancy. Both herbs have so much easily assimilable calcium and lots of other nutrients.
 
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